Category Archives: Food

Summer Lovin’

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Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.

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I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.

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I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.

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I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.

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I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?

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101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thethriftygal?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count&section_id=13176699

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.

 

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Retro Holidays 2016

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Not much changed this year in my Christmas decor. I only found a few new things that “made the cut”. Trying to keep it simple (the struggle is real) has made me much more selective.

Of course there were a few exceptions!

This pretty Christmas card box is a new addition in the peach bathroom.

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So are these sweet angel girls. They are actually candle holders.

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This great new Hallmark ornament is modeled after a split level mid-century home. I think it looks swell in my knotty pine mudroom.

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Our cozy basement family room was decked out for the season.

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My rolled gift wrap is corralled in an old shopping cart on wheels.

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This table is where I do my wrapping and writing cards. It doubles as an extra dining space when we are entertaining. After Christmas it is perfect for puzzles on a cold winter day. The tablecloth was a recent estate sale find as were some of the Santa and snowman mugs in the buffet.

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Some new albums were added to our collection this year.

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Here are some of my winter Pyrex in action. I think I was whipping up a hot meal for our oldest who was flying in from Canada for the holidays.

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These atomic dishes were a Christmas gift from my youngest. I just love this pattern; it looks great against my counter tops.

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I got these great books from my Toronto boy. The Mid-Century Ads is a gem and chock full of colorful advertising on every single page.

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Until next time, I hope you are enjoying these slower paced winter days.

We have a few projects planned for the next few months;  be sure to check back.

Retro in Toronto

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Retro in Toronto

After several trips to Toronto in this past year to visit one of our sons, I have compiled quite a few snapshots of life there.

I love to see how others do “vintage”. I also am a history buff so visiting an old city is full of inspiration.

This beautiful city does not disappoint.

Of course, what kind of vacation would it be if we didn’t check out the local eateries?

The Lakeview is on old diner. It was featured on the popular television show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

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The Kit Kat is a great Italian place, nestled in an old building downtown. You have to walk through the kitchen and around a large tree growing up the center of the restaurant.

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I love the neon signs. And the food.

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Did I mention how pretty the currency is in Canada? It is in mid-century colors: aqua, green and lavender. It makes it much more fun to spend! They match my vintage French wallet.

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We always managed to hit up some vintage shops. Like any big city, prices are high but still fun to look. Someone made a cool Christmas scene in this old television.

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Retro and mid-century lighting:

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And of course you must go to a Farmers Market. This is the biggest one in Toronto.

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We also took a boat ride to the Islands. How cool is this Tiki themed taxi-boat?

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This was the counter in a coffee shop.

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Pretty macarons in a French Bakery:

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This is the Canadian National Exposition, similar to a Worlds Fair for Canada. The fairgrounds are quite old.

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I am a little obsessed with chairs. Here is some retro seating in the reception area of our sons office.

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This chair is just crazy cool. Love the little tray for your laptop, paperwork or coffee.

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This cool light fixture is in the historic Drake Hotel. They have an awesome brunch.

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We do lots of walking when there. I love to snap photos of mid-century architecture. Look at those railings on the balconies of this apartment building.

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This 1877 building is all that remains of the old Central prison. It is the former chapel. As you can see it sits among the high rises and is protected from demolition.

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We love the coffee shops. And old pots. And coffee.

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Some vintage themed travel posters:

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This cool motorcycle shop was a must see:

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They like Richie and the Fonz as much as we do.

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I hope you enjoyed these few snippets of our travels this past year. These little trips were a nice distraction from the long reno going on here at home.

Come back soon as I fess up about my latest obsession: vintage bedding. My collection is outgrowing my linen cabinets.